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Snapping Turtles as Pets

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by IvanMike, Oct 24, 2004.


  1. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    Ok, I already did a thread about cichlids and was surprised at the lack of responses. This should probably get fewer. When i was still married, maybe about 3 or 4 years ago my wife comes home with a little turtle she "rescued" by taking it off of the road between two lakes used by the water co. She said she didn't put it on one side or the other becasue she was afraid something on one of the lakes would eat it. It sure was little, maybe 3 inches long or so. Taking one look at it i ask her, "ummm.........honey, you know what kind of turtle this is?" She didn't and begged me to put in the 1500 gallon pond i had to house fish in the summer. Against my better judgment i did and never saw him again until i drained the pond in september and found a "moving rock". Since then I went on the net and found plenty of husbandry info. Today "Simon" lives in a 50 gallon tank which he is steadily outgrowing. Great pet. So far he hasn't taken a finger off, but not from a lack of trying. :eek:
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  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Did your parents have any other children that lived?


    ;)
     
  3. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    Careful, I'll stick him in your gig bag.......... :p
     
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    feeding time..............
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  5. bassjamn

    bassjamn

    Jan 4, 2002
    San Francisco
    Those look like some sharp nails/talons/claws... :eek:
     
  6. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Awsome... i want one.
     
  7. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Wow :eek: , I'm so getting one of those!
     
  8. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I saw a couple of massive snappers in a little creek when I was playing disc golf one day. Luckily they didn't eat my disc. They were probably 2.5 feet from head to tail...maybe more..I suck at estimating.

    brad cook
     
  9. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Was that mouse alive?

    I want video!
     
  10. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    nope.........frozen and then thawed....i still havent gotten used to the idea of placing a live mouse in a tank full of water to be eaten, (snappers are aquatic). I do have play by play photos of that session though. :p
     
  11. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    That is a dangerous pet. I find it amusing that the lake all the Woodstock-goers got naked in was supposedly full of those creatures. We should breed immense versions of those and ride them into war.
     
  12. metalbass101

    metalbass101

    Jan 24, 2004
    I know your not stupid but, bieng that your posting here, your a bass player, That is a snapping turtle. Reptiles are cool pets and all but the thing with that type of animal in general is that it is not a father/son relationship you get with a cat or dog. It is more like a nurse/elderly person type relationship, yea your taking care of him but if you don't respect him he'll let you know. An he wouldn't have any problem taking your ability to play bass, which you've been doing for how long,away in less than 2 seconds. I would call the nearest zoo and hand him over. Keep your hands and face atleast 3 feet away from any direction of the front of the shell, that head is alot more flexible and fast and accurate than you think.

    On the other hand, please don't take me for and ***hole I myself am going to get a Eastern Indigo snake when I get my own place,time, and money. It can grow to 7-9 feet,and can deliver a nasty bite and might even chew a little.
    (they don't constrict they dismember/crush/thrash prey with their jaws) but atleast it cant take my fingers off. I'm not trying to offened you in any way but seriously, as a bassist to a bassist ( and for your wife's sake) your putting your self at risk whenever your near that cage.
     
  13. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Somehow I don't think the guy that's owned the thing for 3 years needs advice on how to handle it. Oh and I don't care how fast and flexible the turtle's head is because there's no WAY dude's neck is 3 feet long.

    brad cook
     
  14. metalbass101

    metalbass101

    Jan 24, 2004
    I KNOW THAT, just to be on the safe side.
     
  15. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    hehehehe

    actually snapping turtles can bite back 2/3 of their shell length. They can even flip their head backwards over the shell in a fraction of a second. The turtle is in a tank, not a cage and the top is weighted down considerably. When picking it up i grab it by the very back of the shell and use gloves. These are all tips from experienced keepers and handlers. For the most part biting a non food item is a last resort for a snapper. They will try to hide, run (they can), puff up, and hiss 1st. Simon only ties to bite me when i pick him up, and even then it's not that often. He mostly just wants to get away.
     
  16. That is awesome.

    I caught a big one once while chicken necking for crabs. I never considered keeping it for a while, that would be interesting.
     
  17. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    they make tasty soup.....

    or so I'm told, my father-in-law orders it all the time :rolleyes:

    cool looking pet. Becareful, they get HUGE!!! We had one in our lake that had a shell 1.5 foot long
     
  18. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
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    Smile!
     
  19. Steve

    Steve

    Aug 10, 2001
    Something about haveing an untrainable pet that can whip yer fanny eludes me. It must be all the snapping turtle, alligator and snake bites I hauled to the ER when I was a paramedic.

    Good luck. At least it's not a 'gator. Those things can flat out ruin your day.
     
  20. my wife caught one about three inches long (total) in college and kept it for a year. she put it in her aunt and uncle's pond where it disappeared.

    recently we caught an anole (commonly known as a chameleon) in our kitchen and named him "beta". he lives in a plastic cage.

    robb.